Lukaduke (1669) - Portland, Maine, USA - FEB 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Jstax! Pours a deep burnt umber with a finger of deep khaki foam. Nose is bakers chocolate, coffee, banana and roasted grain. The palate follows the nose with lots of malted chocolate, coffee, toasted oats, licorice, bitter bakers chocolate on the finish. Nice silky smooth mouthfeel.
superspak (2117) - Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in late 2013. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark brown head with solid retention, that reduces to a spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, dark bread, toast, coffee, light char, oats, light molasses, light raisin, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, dark bread, cocoa, toast, roasted malt, biscuit, molasses, coffee, light char, oats, light raisin, and roasted earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, dark bread, roasted malt, toast, biscuit, molasses, coffee, oats, light raisin, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity of big dark/roasted malt flavors; with nice roast/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial stout. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
tectactoe (1046) - Michigan, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: thanks, Kevin! Black bodied, except for the very edges where some deep brown shines through, topped with a light-mocha, quickly fading head. Aroma has some sweet chocolate, a solid dark fruit presence, a hint of phenol, faint coffee, & what seems to me like typical Belgian yeast notes - bubblegum & pear/banana-like esters? Taste has lots of bittersweet, slightly milky chocolate notes, creamy oats, faint brown sugar, dark prunes, light anise, & a finish with more of those Belgian yeast-y & fruit filled esters. Aftertaste coated with decadent chocolate & dark fruit. Nice, creamy mouth feel with rolling carbonation... Pretty nice oatmeal stout, though for the price you can sure find better ones for a little cheaper.
Pailhead (4361) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate-heavy milk chocolate, light fruit, coffee, and a touch of alcohol. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and and a two finger tan head with decent retention before fading to a thin film outlined by a slightly thicker ring. The flavor starts with moderate-heavy chocolate and lighter molasses. There is some faint dark fruits in the background. The finish has more dark fruits, slightly burnt coffee, and alcohol. It’s medium-full bodied light-moderate carbonation. Overall, it’s solid, but I think regular Boris is better.
Brigadier (2740) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at brewpub
BORIS’ sibling is a solid imperial stout but one that leaves you wanting more. A different take on the style from Hoppin’ Frog is refreshing yet I think there is plenty of room for improvement. If this comes back around on draft I will give it another chance.
Aroma / Appearance - The oily black base is fairly standard for a Hoppin’ Frog imperial stout - thick, creamy, and with a ring of mocha foam. Malt, raspberries, dark fruit, and chocolate brownies dominate a mostly balanced approached to the style which masks the ABV well.
Flavor / Palate - Coffee, dark fruits, merlot, and chocolate melt in a fluid mouthfeel. There could be more depth here but it is far from the worst offender of the style. Chewy after it sits on the tongue for a while the finish is warm. A generally robust approach works in most places. However this does not have quite the same pop as the others; do not think this is average for the brewers in Akron.
umich03jm (1484) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - DEC 14, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber thanks to JStax. Pours black with a small creamy head that fades quickly to a ring. Awesome aroma of chocolate cake, fudge, oats, bacon, and light coffee. Drinks very thick and creamy. Lots of chocolate and roast with a slight hint of smokey bacon. Seems like a thicker and creamier Boris. I prefer the original version but this is still very good.
Nephilium (1250) - Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma starts with dark fruit, roast, and chocolate. Pours an opaque black with a quickly fading dark tan head. Smooth flavor, with the chocolate notes very pronounced. There’s a touch of alcohol heat, but it’s very faint. Lingering roasted finish. Very nice imperial stout for a cold winter night.
GandGKevin (912) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks Phil! Pours pitch black with a dark brown head. Thick and chocolaty. Another great stout from Hoppin Frog!
JStax (2567) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle from the source into a hoppin frog brandy snifter. Pours a thicker black with just a thin but of grey foam. Roast, chocolate, light coffee, some oat. Bitter chocolate in the taste balances out the roast and sweetness of the malts. Thick, chewy mouthfeel. Lower carbonation levels. Very good.
bluejacket74 (1177) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch brown head that sticks around a while. There isn’t much lacing at all. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, oats, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and a bit of dark fruit. It tastes like roasted malt, dark chocolate, oats, dark fruit, coffee, and a bit of Belgian yeast/banana. It’s certainly different compared to the regular BORIS. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s slick and a bit creamy with low carbonation. I like the regular and barrel-aged BORIS beers better, but this one is good too. $9.99 a bottle.